Get out and vote Tuesday, November 6, 2012!
It is important to vote and make your voice heard in this year’s election. This election is about you.
Your vote has an impact that will affect each household in the community. Jobs, health care, education, the environment and national security are all issues under debate by candidates in the general election; and these issues affect all Americans. You get to decide on all of the issues and more importantly, who will be our next president. That’s why you need to get out and vote.
You can make a difference. Make your vote count!
Every Vote Matters
- One vote per precinct passed the women’s right to vote in California in 1911.
- John F. Kennedy’s margin of victory over Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential race was less than one vote per precinct.
Before You Vote
Get educated on the issues
2012.presidential-candidates.org takes a look at the top issues facing this year’s presidential election and breaks them down to help give you a clear understanding of where each candidate stands on the issues.
Vote411.org also has a Voter’s Guide that helps educate you on the duties and responsibilities of the next president, as well as includes statements from the candidates on the issues.
Get the facts
Don’t get caught up in the hype of media telling you who to vote for, or don’t be influenced by others because they are doing the “cool” thing. Do your research on the candidates, and choose the candidate that you feel will be the best person to be the leader of the free world. www.factcheck.org
Get the truth
The best way to find out the truth of where the candidates really stand is to check out their voting records. votesmart.org
Know what is on the ballot
It’s important to know what will be on the ballot before you go to the polls. Learn about statewide issues at www.sos.state.oh.us
Now that you are educated on the issues, have the facts, know the truth and are familiar with what will be on the ballot, it's time to Get Out and Vote!
Registering to vote
- The deadline to register to vote and update voter information is October 9, 2012.
- You must be registered 30 days prior to the election date.
You can cast your vote at select election offices and polling places days prior to the election. Call your county board of elections office for details. County Board of Elections Directory: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/electionsofficials/boeDirectory.aspx
Absentee voting begins 25 days before the presidential primary and 35 days before the general election and—except for voters hospitalized due to emergencies—ends the day before the election.
Once absentee ballots are available for voting, any voter may receive and return an absentee ballot in person at the county board of elections office, or receive and return the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail. Any qualified Ohio voter may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.
To avoid long lines on Election Day, try to go to the polls during the off times. Polling places are less likely to be crowded between 10 and 11:30am and 1:30 and 3:30pm.
Real Voters, Real Questions
If you have never voted before or have only voted sparingly in the past you probably have questions about voting. To help remove any confusion or uncertainty that might keep you from the polls, here are some important things that you should know:
Where and when to vote?
The general election is held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.
You can find the voting location information on your voter registration card, or you can call your local election office and they will direct you where to vote. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/electionsofficials/boeDirectory.aspx#dir
What to bring?
All voters must show an ID at the polls. You may show one of the following:
- Ohio driver's license or ID card (even if it shows a previous address)
- Military identification
- Bank statement
- Current utility bill
- Current paycheck
- Any current government-issued document showing your current address
How to vote?
When you sign in at your polling location, you will be asked for your name and, likely, your address. Once you are signed in, it is time to vote.
Locate your county on the Ohio map to view the “How to vote” instructional video in your area. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/votingsystems.aspx?page=361
Fighting for the Right to Vote
Voting is a precious right and one that was hard earned for many.
African-Americans were not given the right to vote until the end of the Civil War in 1865. And even after they officially gained the right, many risked their jobs, and even lives, to vote.
Women didn’t earn the right to vote nationwide until 1920, and it took decades of struggle.
Voting is a hard earned right that should be exercised. Be a part of history! Get out and vote Tuesday, November 6.
For other questions regarding the voting process for the 2012 Election visit Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/